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Be Mindful of What You Wish For

by Carolyn Kolovitz There is sometimes (often?) irony to be found in the reflectiveness and goal-setting of January. I rang in the New Year bemoaning how creatively on-fire – to the point of agitation – I was in 2019 for a vision that has met only roadblocks. Then today, I came across my New Year’s 2015 intention to…

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Peace Article

by Karen Treat Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  John 14:27 Over the years, I have watched as we share the peace at church for many…

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Encounter and Conversation: Dialogue in Ignatian Prayer

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde “How do you prepare for a meaningful conversation with a friend?” –Dan Johnson, Spiritual Director When my Loyola colleague Dan Johnson framed his “Simple Prayer” retreat with this essential question, a deep part of me was moved. How do I prepare for a meaningful conversation with a friend? I consider the space…

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Tender Mercy

by Linda Cherek I have been attending many Christmas musical events this season and they have fed my waiting Advent soul.  One Christmas prayer service in particular was profound in its message.   The art on the cover of the program was titled “Tender Mercy” and is done by Robyn Sand Anderson.   Her written words were…

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Where are YOU in the Sacred Stories of Advent?

by Carolyn Kolovitz When I was a little girl, my December ritual was to sit alone in our living room beside the twinkling tree lights and imagine myself into the coffee table manger scene. I visualized myself with the shepherds underneath a Bethlehem sky full of angels until the angels and the tiny God lying…

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Ignatian Contemplation this Advent

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde “Contemplating a [Biblical] scene is not simply remembering it or going back in time. Through the act of contemplation, the Holy Spirit makes present a mystery of [God’s Love] in a way that is meaningful for [us] now.” – Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ  The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St.…

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Grief and the Holidays

by Linda Cherek It is that time of year again and Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are fast approaching.  When someone you love dies the future you thought you were going to have with your loved one is gone as suddenly as his or her life is done.  Throughout the year there are other…

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Invitation to Sit

by Karen Treat But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by…

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Inviting Our Children and Grandchildren into the Spirit

(photo: Philippe Wojazer / Reuters via nbc news) by Carolyn Kolovitz( Last April, famed scientist Jane Goodall recalled a transformative moment she had in Notre Dame cathedral: light streaming through the Rose Window, Bach filling the vastness. “How could I believe it was the chance gyrations of primeval dust that led to…the collective inspiration and…

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Gifts of the Enneagram

by Mary Noble Garcia Listening to the sacred story of each person who comes to receive spiritual direction has been both privilege and gift.  This gift was given in new ways as I listened to the stories of hundreds of people through my participation in the professional teacher training program with The Narrative Enneagram.  The primary…

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